LA Chargers: Seven training camp battle predictions
LT Sam Tevi vs. Trey Pipkins and Storm Norton
Sam Tevi currently has the inside track for starting at left tackle for the LA Chargers. This was apparent earlier this offseason, when Lynn told Tevi he’d likely be shifting to the other side of the offensive line:
#Chargers OT Sam Tevi said Anthony Lynn told him to prepare for left tackle early this year so that's what he's been training for this entire offseason.
— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 21, 2020
Due to his experience, Tevi probably will probably take the starting job. The coaching staff can try to play up Tevi’s physical gifts all they want. We’ve been hearing about quick feet and athleticism that should’ve theoretically made the former sixth round pick good by now. Ultimately, Tevi is starting because the other options aren’t ready.
Trey Pipkins has been dealing with a knee ailment and has practiced with the second and third units in training camp. The offseason has been difficult in terms of the number of reps for second-year players. It’s a shame that Pipkins likely won’t get a real chance at the starting role until next season.
Storm Norton is an intriguing NFL prospect. He was the best tackle in the short-lived XFL by most metrics. Lynn has said that Norton “stacks bricks” and has shown some consistency. The issue for Norton in 2020 is just that he can’t match Tevi’s experience in the system as of now, but he may be a name to watch down the road.
Tevi is a bad option. Chargers fans know of his immense struggles to keep up with opposing edge rushers. While that is the case, the coaching staff isn’t going to consider putting more inexperienced players in his place. The Chargers went all-in on boosting right tackle and right guard this offseason. They’ll just have to live with left tackle this year.
Winner: Sam Tevi